MSU’s Smith named NCA Distinguished Scholar
Sandi Smith, a professor in Michigan State University’s Department of Communication and director of the Health and Risk Communication Center, has been named a 2016 Distinguished Scholar by the National Communication Association.View story photos
MSU experts can discuss Supreme Court's affirmative action ruling
MSU's Philip Pucillo and Patricia Marin can discuss the June 23 ruling by the Supreme Court that the University of Texas may consider the race of student applicants in a limited way to build a diverse student body.View story photos
Jinhua Zhao: For the common good
As director of the Environmental Science and Policy Program at Michigan State since 2010, I believe the secret to our success has been, simply put, flexibility and inclusivity.View story photos
MSU supercomputer recognized for power, energy efficiency
Laconia, the new supercomputing cluster at Michigan State University’s Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research, has been named to two exclusive worldwide ranking lists: The Top 500, which ranks supercomputers based on their computer power, and the Green 500, which ranks them on their energy efficiency.
Kendra Kamp: Strengthening ties and exchanging ideas
As our airplane made its final descent, I looked out the window at the lush green grass in disbelief that I was about to step foot in a land once forbidden to many Americans – Cuba.View story photos
"I mean, we had to, right?" That’s what I told a group of my Big Ten Plus colleagues while I was showing our year-end video and the footage from the U-M game appeared on the screen, complete with the fan in the “surrender cobra” pose. Everyone groaned or laughed, even the folks representing Michigan. Sure, we’re absolutely rivals on the field, but in our field of higher education communications, we’re full of respect and admiration for each other. We’re even friends. I, along with two of my MSU colleagues, spent a couple of days last week at Washington University at St. Louis (part of the “plus” of our group with a beautiful campus and fantastic hosts), learning from others in our field, sharing ideas, forming partnerships, discussing challenges and offering solutions. Oh, and sweating. A lot. Wow, was it hot. My sweat was sweating. The 102-degree heat index was something to behold. But even extreme temperatures couldn’t keep the Big Ten Plus communicators down for long. We simply wiped off and kept working. It’s always great to spend time with our contemporaries from other schools. Like I said, we are rivals on the field, but that’s all in fun. The real stuff, the important stuff, is the work that our research universities are doing to change the world. There probably isn’t a researcher around who hasn’t collaborated with a scientist at another university. The best researchers, and communicators, realize that strength comes in numbers and diversity.View story photos
Teachers optimistic about Common Core writing standards, but not tests
Teachers believe the Common Core standards in their states can improve how they teach writing, but they also find plenty of shortcomings with the standards, finds new research from a Michigan State University education scholar.View story photos
MSU Museum presents 'Taking Back Detroit'
The MSU Museum is partnering with National Geographic to present “Taking Back Detroit,” inspired by the magazine’s recent feature depicting the city of Detroit’s comeback as it emerges from bankruptcy. “Taking Back Detroit” profiles real Detroiters in their own words, and gives a glimpse of the challenges, hopes, ideas, grit and determination that will help reinvent the city.
Under the tulip tree
The summer sun shines through the leaves of a campus tulip tree. Photo by Kurt StepnitzView story photos
Molecular map provides clues to zinc-related diseases
Mapping the molecular structure where medicine goes to work is a crucial step toward drug discovery against deadly diseases. Researchers at MSU have taken that critical first step by providing a crystal structure of the extracellular domain, or ECD, of ZIP4 – the exclusive protein responsible for the uptake of zinc from food.View story photos